The wait for a Broadleaf release from Steve Saka is finally over! The new Mi Querida from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust is the cigar we all expected Steve to blend last year.
We caught up with Steve at the recent IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas and he was in a great mood!
Size: 6 x 56
Vitola: Gordo Grande
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Shipping Date: First week of August 2016
Cigars smoked for review: 3
Cigars for review were provided by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System
Pre-Light: The look of the Mi Querida is understated. The simple blue and gold band is eye-catching and pops nicely due to the dark Broadleaf background.
The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper had a look of marbled leather. It reminded me of an old school bomber jacket. Then, of course, it reminded me of Top Gun, so Danger Zone was in my head all day. And now it will be in yours.
The wrapper gave of an aroma of earth and spice while the cold draw tasted of earth, spice and cedar. The cold draw was clean and the cigar felt substantial in the hand. The 6 x 56 Gordo Grande is a bit on the grande side for me.
Beginning: Right out of the gate the palate is hit with big notes of earth, black pepper, cinnamon, leather, cedar and a mild note of crème fraîche (rich cream with some sweet and sour notes). Yes, it was THAT complex. The blast of black pepper spice was mainly on the retrohale and gave a lovely balance to the earthy nature of the flavor profile. I'll note that I smoked a smaller rg at IPCPR (Ancho Largo 6 x 52) and the spice was much stronger. Steve notes in the video above that the larger formats are much smoother and he is 100% right.
Middle: The profile really began to smooth out about two inches in. The crème fraîche transitioned into more of a sweet cream note while the cedar and leather notes took a few steps forward. The creamy texture of the smoke became much more evident while the black pepper spice backed off a bit. We were left with a creamy and earthy flavor profile with some notes of cedar, leather, black peppercorn and chewy maduro goodness.
End: You know the old joke about playing a country song backwards? You get your wife, dog, job and truck back, right? Well the final third of the Mi Querida was kind of like that. Except in this case we got the spice, heat, earth and strength back.
The Mi Querida started off with a bang of black pepper spice and a punch of strength. These things died away in the middle, but man did they ever come back at the end. The black pepper came back with some serious kick and the strength ramped up at the four inch mark. The overall flavor profile remained the same, but the added spice and heat brought things to an aggressive conclusion.
Final Thoughts: The Mi Querida really does everything I want a Broadleaf wrapped cigar to do. But like Steve said in the interview, she does it juuuuuust a little bit dirtier. She's super hot when you meet her and then whispers in your ear as she lures you into her web. Then BAM! She breaks you off some seriously dirty Broadleaf action. This is the cigar you don't tell your other cigars about. I could keep going with this analogy, but I think I'll stop there. You guys get the picture.
Rating: 92 AKA" Box Split"
I would like to try a few different vitolas before I find someone to split a box with. I have a feeling that the Fino Largo, which weighs in at 6 x 48, might be the star of this line and may even slide in as a box buy. The larger RGs are definitely smoother, so the bite of the 48 sounds enticing.